April 2017 archive

Fun-tastic residential for Jade's class!

Tue, 25 Apr 2017

At the end of last term Jade's class headed off on their residential trip to Macaroni Woods. It was well-timed because they had SO much fun they needed the Easter break to recover! They stayed at Macaroni Woods which they all loved and spent their days doing exciting day trips.
Fun at Macaroni Woods
They visited Camp Mohawk in Reading...
Camp Mohawk
Lazer Quest and Darcy Bear soft play in Carterton...
Lazer Quest and Darcy Bear
Cadbury's World in Birmingham...
Cadbury World
And Lydiard Park in Swindon!
Lydiard Park
So much activity gave them all hearty appetites and they enjoyed eating lots of nice dinners but the Fish & Chip supper was definitely the favourite!

Emily's class head down to the woods for residential

Thu, 13 Apr 2017

Emily's class headed off to Macaroni Wood for their residential trip at the beginning of April with their bags packed full of fun and excitement!

Fun and lots of it was the order of the day on Monday! The class explored Macaroni Woods, played in the playground and walked Macaroni Woods' Owners, Richard and Liz's, dog, Dolly. Then it was pizza and ice cream for dinner and everyone went to bed early because they were so tired (adults included!)

Playing in the park

Tuesday saw everyone up early to feed the animals and collect eggs. Then it was off to Cotswold Wildlife Park for the day where they saw lots of animals including lions and giraffes but the highlight was watching the penguins being fed.

Cotswold Wildlife Par

Emily and her class would like to say a massive thank you to all the volunteers who came and helped - Paula Downs, Helen Maycock, Tony Maycock and Richard Legg as well as to Jade who came at night to help us and to Felicity who came for the whole thing even though it was her days off. Also thank you to Sue, Julie and Lauren for coming. They can't wait for the next one!

Group photo

Duke of Edinburgh Awards Team get some practice in

Thu, 6 Apr 2017

The Springfield Duke of Edinburgh Awards Team spent a fabulous day on the river this week, honing their canoeing skills in readiness for the D oF E expedition in May. 


practicing paddlingpracticing paddling

Our Instructors from Adventure Plus taught us how to hold a paddle before getting into the boats, then we were off! The sun shone and it we spent a lovely two hours practicing manoeuvring the canoes and playing some crazy games.

on the riveron the river

Some of us worked harder than others!


Finally, it was time to return to terra firma for some lunch.


After lunch we worked on our camping skills - putting up tents can be tricky!

tent erectiontent erection

Once we'd got that mastered we rewarded ourselves with a hot choclolate! All in all, we had a great day and can't wait for the expedition in May!

Cake and Craft sale raises a whopping £300!

Thu, 6 Apr 2017

Key stage 4 recently held a Cake and Craft sale to raise money for both the school minibus appeal and the Propeller Project . Classes from both the primary and secondary sites were joined by a number of parents and some Grandparents in a pleasant morning of eating, drinking, shopping and chat.
CakesCake sale
Pupils from Angus and Bec's class sold biscuits, cakes and drinks to raise over £100 for the school minibus appeal. They also organised a raffle for an exceptional Easter inspired chocolate gateau, made by our very own Mary Berry , teaching assistant Frankie Holt. Everyone was keen for a chance to win the delicious looking cake and raffle ticket sales raised a further £50. 
Easter inspired gataeux
Pupils from Zoe's class worked with Rebecca from the Propeller Project to sell Easter and Mother's Day crafts.
Making crafts
The Propeller Project is a social enterprise established to provide work and life skills. The aim is to provide a taste of the commercial world and to allow pupils to interact with customers in a business situation. It also provides some real experience to add to a CV. Pupils produce craft products and grow seasonal plants and flowers. They are then involved in all aspects of selling their products. Rebecca said it was "A brilliant morning, We had good fun and raised £115 too!".  Pupils also sold some beautiful planted pots created at the Propeller Project that raised a further £35.
Planting potsPlanting pots
All in all the morning's efforts raised a whopping £300!
Rebecca and Hamish from the Propeller Project and all the staff and pupils in Key Stage 4 would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came along and supported them! 

Duke of Edinburgh Awards Team deliver donations to Food Bank

Tue, 4 Apr 2017

As part of their Volunteering section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, the Springfield D of E team have been collecting food for the West Oxfordshire Food Bank.

The D of E team

They had to generate donations by writing letters to parents, then collect and sort the food and, finally, deliver to the West Oxfordshire Food Bank. 

Delivering bags of foodDelivering bags of food


The team were met by Erik, one of the food bank volunteers, who showed them how they sort and store the goods ready to give out to people in need. 

Meeting Eric, a food bank volunteerFood bank storage

The West Oxfordshire Food Bank is hosted at the Cottsway Housing offices on Station Lane, Witney. If anyone would like to make a food donation, these can be dropped into the reception. 

Key stage 4 put their knowledge to the test at Consumer Quiz

Tue, 4 Apr 2017

On Tuesday 28th March pupils from Zoe and Angus & Bec's classes took part in a Consumer Quiz taking on teams from other local special needs schools. The quiz tested the pupils knowledge about things they will find really useful to know as they move into adult life, such as the how to complain when something you buy is not right, how to recognise and avoid scams, how to stay safe online, what is fire safety and how old you need to be to buy different things.

Springfields teamTeam with their medals

Matt, Harry, Emily and Gabby  made up the Springfield team with the other pupils supporting them and representing the school brilliantly. 


Key stage 3 pupils contributed to the day with Kate's class writing a poem about fire safety that was read out and Claire and Helen's class made the team's wondeful felt mascot, Spike. 

Springfield School